Looking for some unique holiday gift ideas that will really make an impression this holiday season? Discover Saratoga's Top 10 Local Gifts! While there are countless Saratoga holiday gifts to discover, the slideshow below features our top 10 hand-picked, editor's choice gifts for the holidays from Saratoga Springs NY.
Top 10 Local Gifts For 2013
Saratoga Olive Oil Premium Gift Basket
Who doesn't love olive oil? A specialty olive oil from the Saratoga Olive Oil Company is perfect for anyone on your list! With so many different flavor combinations possible, you'll please even the pickiest of eaters. Saratoga Olive Oil Co. was voted as the Top 5 Olive Oil Shop in the World by Olive Oil Times, so you know you're giving a quality, local ingredient. Perfect for gift giving, pick up ready-made gift baskets with a selection of oils, balsamic vinegars and exotic sea salts infused in a variety of different flavors. The premium basket is the perfect gift for the foodie on your list, but it's also a great way to introduce these delicacies to newcomers. You can choose your own flavors, or go with the hand picked selection of complimentary oils, salts, and vinegars.
Buy the gift basket online or at their store on 484 Broadway!
Silver Arrow Ring
Lucia Boutique, located in downtown Saratoga, has tons of trendy brands to choose from like Dolce Vita, Olive and Oak, and Lucca Couture. With affordable prices and contemporary styles you will be sure to find something that any lady would be excited to wear! Along with clothing, Lucia houses a gorgeous assortment of jewelry. One of our favorites is Chibi Jewels Silver Arrow Ring. This super-cool, right-on-trend ring will surely please any lady on your list! Chibi Jewels makes this sterling ring by hand in New York City. Plus, you don’t even have to know the recipient's ring size - it's adjustable! A thoughtful and unique gift, the Silver Arrow Ring at Lucia is sure to please.
Buy it online or head to their downtown location at 454 Broadway.
Argyle Cheese Farmer Gift Basket
An Argyle Cheese Farmer Gift Basket is an awesome local idea for any cheese & dairy lover. The Argyle Cheese Farmer uses only high quality milk from their 50 cow herd fed on their homegrown forages. They use no synthetic hormones, so you know their products are top-notch. From cows treated like queens, their product line includes cheeses, spreads, cheesecakes, breads, yogurts, cheese curds, and more! Some gift baskets include non-dairy products like maple syrup and honey, all made within one mile of the cheese house. Knowing you're giving the gift of local, responsibly-made products will be a highlight of your holiday season - plus the recipient will be so excited to eat it, you might get to try some of it yourself!
Buy a gift basket on the Argyle Cheese Farmer Website or at their many nearby retail locations.
Saratoga 150 Memorabilia
What better way to commemorate the summer that Saratoga celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the track than with Saratoga150 memorabilia? There's a souvenir for everybody at Impressions of Saratoga. The Saratoga150 tree ornament is a great idea for any Saratoga-lover this holiday season. For a fun gift, pick up an Official Saratoga150 mug and some hot cocoa mix to keep your loved ones warm this winter. For the spirits lovers, try a Saratoga150 wine glass, shot glass, or pint glass. Of course, bookworms and history buffs will love the Commemorative Book and Guide. Can't decide what to get? Stop by and view all their items in store or online.
Buy all these items and more on the Impressions website, or at their store at 368 Broadway!
Staff Selected Books
Find the perfect book for everyone at the Northshire Bookstore! Read over their staff reviews and recommendations to match up each employees taste with the bookworms on your list. You'll find everything from classics, best-sellers, DIY's and much more. With almost every genre you can imagine, you'll find great books for kids, teens, and adults. Still stumped? Get a copy of classic Holiday books like Twas the Night Before Christmas or How the Grinch Stole Christmas. You'll also find tons of gifts, stationary, and homegoods for those "non-readers" you need to please. Take a look at their calendars for a great New Year's idea.
Get the staff picks here or stop by their Saratoga location on 424 Broadway!
Hand Crafted Candy Basket
Saratoga Candy Company is your go-to stop for a sweet-tooth fix. The Saratoga Candy Co. opened 15 years ago and has been pumping out delicious personalized treats ever since! There is so much to choose from in this candy-heaven, but we found a great option for tasty treat! The “Stallion” gift basket is Saratoga Candy Company’s largest available gift basket consisting of: a small horse apple bag, a small box of Saratoga chips, a bag of spring water taffy, ½ lb. box of chocolates, ½ lb. of fruit slices, a horse head medallion, a bottle of Saratoga Water, a jar of Saratoga Salsa, ½ lb. of chocolate fudge, and a bag of Race Track gourmet popcorn! We are jealous of whomever is getting this gift basket under their tree this year!
Pick up this mix of savory and sweet online or at their store in downtown Saratoga Springs!
Saratoga Paint and Sip
Plan a pre- or post-holiday outing for an ultra-personal, ultra-artsy and unique gift where you not only get that special person on your list a gift card, but go with them for some unbeatable togetherness, sipping on cocktails and creating masterpieces to cherish together at the new Saratoga Paint and Sip Studio! All supplies are provided, and the artwork you create as you paint along with the group is yours to customize and keep. The gift recipient can then hang the piece in their home as a continual reminder of your special outing!
Learn more on the Saratoga Paint & Sip website!
Raku Dreamcatcher Tile "Lotus"
Looking for something a bit out of the ordinary this gift-giving season? Willing to splurge on a piece that is as unique as it is beautiful? You’ll find all of that and more at Tushita Heaven. This hand-picked crystal and mineral emporium holds over 240 different kinds of stones inside its humble boutique walls. While browsing the many intricate accessories, we found the Red Tourmaline with Blue Topaz necklace among the most interesting. Not only is this crystal necklace beautiful, it also holds a special meaning. The Red Tourmaline is “a stone of the perfected heart - one that is strong, vital, and full of passion for love and life.” Does this sound like someone you know? Then head to Tushita Heaven to purchase the gift that will be held close to the heart this holiday season.
Buy it online at Tushita Heaven or at their store on 322 Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs!
"Saratoga Santa" Wine
Who couldn't use a little visit from the Saratoga Santa this holiday season? This festive wine features a red-suited, Jolly Old Saint Nick on the label and is a hand-crafted wine made here in town by the Saratoga Winery. The wine itself is a smooth off-dry Cabernet Blend, full bodied, with Pomegranate undertones and an earthy, oaky finish. The Saratoga Santa Wine is the perfect compliment to any holiday dinner and pairs especially well with Roasts, Red Meats and Pork dishes. Pick this up for the wine-lover on your list, or as an extra for that person who already has everything. This would also make a great grab-bag or Secret Santa gift!
Buy it at Saratoga Winery & Tasting Room, 462 Route 29W in Saratoga Springs, or learn more about the Saratoga Santa Wine on their website!
Creative Sparks Ceramic Gifts
Creative Sparks Ceramic Studio is the place for you if you're looking to create your own gift for someone this holiday season. Creative Sparks, located at 42 Phila Street in Saratoga Springs, allows you to let your creative juices flow while you sit and paint a customized piece. The studio fee is just $8.00, which includes the paints, instructions, and firing of up to 2 items painted in one sitting. Afterwards, the price of your piece is added and most are under $15.00! The walk-in studio says it takes about 1-2 hours on average to complete a piece, and you can come pick them up in about a week! If you are not from the area, Creative Sparks will mail you your masterpiece! For an inexpensive and special way to say “Happy Holidays” this season, look no further than Creative Sparks Ceramic Studio!
Find more on the Creative Sparks website or visit them at 42 Phila Street in Downtown Saratoga Springs.
Find More Saratoga Gifts!
Looking for more? If none of these gifts really struck your fancy, you should check out the Saratoga.com Gift Guide! With a section for every type of Saratoga gift you can imagine, you'll be sure to find something for that impossible person on your list, and maybe even something for yourself!
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